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Yamdena

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Introduction

Yamdena is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Southeast Maluku Province, 35 villages. Tannembar islands; east coast Yamdena island, down to north tip of Selaru island. Latdalam village, southwest Yamdena. .

Dialects

North Yamdena (Nus Das), South Yamdena (Nus Bab). A chain of related varieties from north to south with 90% lexical similarity between extremes, but with morphological and phonological differences. Southern dialect thought more prestigious. Lexical similarity: 90% among the north and south dialects, 47% with Fordata (See: Fordata?).

The Yamdena Verb

Sample Verbs

to biten-karat
to blown-oup
to breathereke, sa|nawe
to burnapu
to buyn-sélir
to chewn-kakit
to choosena-fili
to climbn-faŋat, n-kafar
to comen-ma
to cookna-dane
to countn-yaki
to cryn-tasiŋ
to cut, hackn-lolan, n-tetak
to die, be deadn-mat
to digmbuam, na-kal
to dreammefi
to drinkénum
to eatn-ane
to falln-fuf, n-lol
to fearna-k-lele, taut
to flown-lale
to flyn-turim
to growna-slyai
to hearn-deŋar
to hidena-mudim
to hitna-babal, n-falu
to holdn-ŋuŋum
to huntna-nau, na-tian, na-yaf, n-bes
to killn-fen
to know, be knowledgeablena-fai
to laughn-malip
to lie downleŋan, narwa
to live, be aliven-morip
to open, uncoverna-bandil
to plantn-tabat, n-tanam
to pound, beatn-kalap, n-loli, n-sambuk
to sayna-boti, n-bét, n-falak, n-otar
to scratchn-kér, ramas
to seen-keban
to sewn-bibis, n-sot
to shootn-fanak
to sitna-m-toran
to sleepowe
to sniff, smelln-aŋat
to spitn-sirik
to splitn-bindar, n-rak, n-siye, n-wak
to squeezen-feras
to stab, piercen-susuk
to standna-m-dir
to stealnaŋe
to suckn-sus, n-wokut
to swellbare
to swimn-kawal
to thinkna-daun, n-kambar, n-kolak
to throwjai, yébas
to tie up, fastenn-kele, n-ndare
to turnbalik
to walkfala, laye, n-mban
to vomitn-lokan, n-lomb, n-mut
to workn-karya, n-lambat
to yawnn-maup

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